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Released January 14, 2003


HATTIESBURG – University of Southern Mississippi Provost Jay Grimes will kick off the university's 2003 Lecture Series in the Sciences Jan. 29 with a presentation titled "Sharks, Microbes and Biological Resources."

As part of the 11th annual series, Grimes will speak at 7 p.m. at Reuben Auditorium in the Walker Science Building on the campus of Southern Miss.

"Several years ago, I became interested in microbes that live in healthy sharks in a symbiotic manner," said Grimes, a microbial ecologist who will draw his presentation from three different projects on which he has worked during the last few years.

"But if those sharks get stressed in some way, those same microbes can turn around and cause disease or kill the shark."

Before assuming the role of provost for the Hattiesburg campus last July – the university's second-ranking official and chief academic officer – Grimes was appointed in 1997 as the dean of the Institute of Marine Sciences, which became the College of Marine Sciences in 2001. He also is a professor of coastal sciences at Southern Miss.

The Lecture Series in the Sciences features presentations by Southern Miss alumni, faculty and friends. The lectures are sponsored by the College of Science and Technology and the Hattiesburg Clinic.

Other scheduled series presentations during the spring semester include:

– Dr. Shiao Wang, "Shrimp Aquaculture and Shrimp Virus Diseases," Feb. 19

– Dr. Peter Butko, "Misconceptions in Science and Biotechnology," March 19

– Dr. Shelby Thames, "From Polymer Scientist to President," April 2

– Dr. Adel Ali, "Supercomputing and High Performance Visualization," April 16

All lectures in the series will be held at 7 p.m. in Walker Science Building's Reuben Auditorium. The presentations are free and open to the public.


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